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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

~Autumn Morning Muffins~

Reminiscent of coffee cake, but with a subtle hint of doughnut flavor from the nutmeg, these muffins have a soft, tender crumb. Best when eaten hot from the oven!

1 cup butter, softened
1 2/3 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 T. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk

Topping (optional):
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 T. butter, melted
1 1/2 T. brown sugar
1/2 t. cinnamon

Additional butter for greasing muffin tins (approximately 2 tablespoons).

Cream butter in large mixing bowl. Beat in sugar until texture is smooth. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Mix together dry ingredients. Stir into butter mixture alternately with sour cream and milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. TOPPING: Stir cinnamon and sugar into melted butter, add oats and stir until well coated.

Liberally butter muffins pans. Spoon in batter, filling 2/3 full. Sprinkle topping on top, if desired. Bake at 375 for 18 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Yield: 2 dozen muffins.

Created October 15, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Substitute 2 cups golden whole wheat flour for each 2 1/4 cups white flour, dark chocolate chips for semi-sweet chocolate chips and use packed brown sugar in place of white sugar in your standard chocolate-chip cookie recipe. The results are amazing. Take these cookies to a get together, and typically come home with an empty plate!

God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
There's something timeless and irresistibly majestic about the crashing rhythm of ocean waves. Generations pass from cradle to grave, and yet the whitecaps still rise and fall to the tune of each day, washing shores clean worldwide for new stories that are waiting to be told. Oh, if the rocks could speak...!